Flotsam

There is a thread that ties the sparrow
to the hair on the pillow in the morning;
There is a straight line from “My thoughts
are not your thoughts,” through,
“There are more things …, Horatio,
than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
There is some cold comfort in the promise
that tomorrow will bring new worries;
at least no one sugar-coats the tragedy
of salvation; 

somewhere in the midst of all
even sea monsters sport 
and play for the entertainment of God
and the bemused, slightly horrified wonder
of we who drift, moored to the flotsam 
left by the winged one who brooded over water at our beginning.

References: Matthew 10:29-30; Isaiah 55:8; Hamlet Act 1, Scene v (William Shakespeare); Matthew 6:34; Psalm 104:26; Genesis 1:1-2

I am participating in a 20-day Evangelism Challenge designed by the Revd Dr Patricia Lyons for and with the Diocese of Ohio (although I don’t promise to post every day!). Today’s prompt asks: “What is your favorite scripture when you need inspiration? Why do you love it?” I’m really not sure how to answer that comprehensively, but some candidates are included in the poem above.
Sign up for more prompts at https://www.dohio.org/offices/congregations-christian-formation/2022-winter-convocation

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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